Hitting streak

In baseball, a hitting streak is the number of consecutive official games in which a player appears and gets at least one base hit. According to the Official Baseball Rules, such a streak is not necessarily ended when a player has at least 1 plate appearance and no hits. A streak shall not be terminated if all official plate appearances result in a base on balls, hit by pitch, defensive interference or a sacrifice bunt. The streak shall terminate if the player has a sacrifice fly and no hit.[1]

Joe DiMaggio holds the Major League Baseball record with a streak of 56 consecutive games in 1941 which began on May 15 and ended July 17. DiMaggio hit .408 during his streak (91-for-223), with 15 home runs and 55 runs batted in.[2]

1939 Playball Joe Dimaggio (minus halftone)
Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak in 1941 is the longest in Major League Baseball history.

Major League Baseball records

There have been 55 occurrences in Major League Baseball where a player had a hitting streak of at least 30 games.[3] Multiple streaks in the same season have occurred in 1922 (George Sisler and Rogers Hornsby), 1987 (Paul Molitor and Benito Santiago), 1997 (Nomar Garciaparra and Sandy Alomar, Jr.), 1999 (Vladimir Guerrero and Luis Gonzalez), 2006 (Chase Utley and Willy Taveras), and 2011 (Andre Ethier and Dan Uggla). In addition, 1924 included one whole streak (Sam Rice) and the beginning of another (George Sisler). A similar event occurred in 2006 with two whole streaks (Utley and Taveras) and the end of another (Jimmy Rollins).

Rank Player Team Games Year(s)
1 Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees 56 1941
2 Willie Keeler Baltimore Orioles 45 (44) 1896–97
3 Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 44 1978
4 Bill Dahlen Chicago Colts 42 1894
5 George Sisler St. Louis Browns 41 1922
6 Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers 40 1911
7 Paul Molitor Milwaukee Brewers 39 1987
8 Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies 38 (36) 2005–06
9 Tommy Holmes Boston Braves 37 1945
10 Gene DeMontreville Washington Senators 36 1896–97
11 Fred Clarke Louisville Colonels 35 1895
Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers 35 1917
George Sisler St. Louis Browns 35 (34) 1924–25
Luis Castillo Florida Marlins 35 2002
Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies 35 2006
16 George McQuinn St. Louis Browns 34 1938
Dom DiMaggio Boston Red Sox 34 1949
Benito Santiago San Diego Padres 34 1987
19 George Davis New York Giants 33 1893
Hal Chase New York Highlanders 33 1907
Rogers Hornsby St. Louis Cardinals 33 1922
Heinie Manush Washington Senators 33 1933
Dan Uggla Atlanta Braves 33 2011
24 Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers 32 1922–23
Hal Morris Cincinnati Reds 32 1996–97
26 Jimmy Wolf Louisville Colonels 31 1885–86
Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies 31 1899
Napoleon Lajoie Cleveland Naps 31 1906
Sam Rice Washington Senators 31 1924
Vada Pinson Cincinnati Reds 31 1965–66
Willie Davis Los Angeles Dodgers 31 1969
Rico Carty Atlanta Braves 31 1970
Ron LeFlore Detroit Tigers 31 (30) 1975–76
Ken Landreaux Minnesota Twins 31 1980
Vladimir Guerrero Montreal Expos 31 1999
Whit Merrifield Kansas City Royals 31 (11) 2018-19
36 Cal McVey Chicago White Stockings 30 1876
Dusty Miller Cincinnati Reds 30 1895–96
Elmer Smith Cincinnati Reds 30 1898
Tris Speaker Boston Red Sox 30 1912
Charlie Grimm Pittsburgh Pirates 30 1922–23
Lance Richbourg Boston Braves 30 1927–28
Sam Rice Washington Senators 30 1929–30
Goose Goslin Detroit Tigers 30 1934
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 30 1950
George Brett Kansas City Royals 30 1980
Jerome Walton Chicago Cubs 30 1989
Sandy Alomar, Jr. Cleveland Indians 30 1997
Nomar Garciaparra Boston Red Sox 30 1997
Eric Davis Baltimore Orioles 30 1998
Luis Gonzalez Arizona Diamondbacks 30 1999
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals 30 2003
Willy Taveras Houston Astros 30 2006
Moisés Alou New York Mets 30 2007
Ryan Zimmerman Washington Nationals 30 2009
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers 30 2011
Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves 30 2016

Keeler's streak started in his final game of the 1896 season, and continued through the first 44 games of the 1897 season. Rollins ended the 2005 season with a 36-game streak and extended it through the first two games of the 2006 season. Sisler had a hit in the last game of 1924 and the first 34 games of 1925. Major League Baseball recognizes two hitting streak records: Longest hitting streak in one season, and longest hitting streak over multiple seasons (e.g. Rollins 2005–2006).[4] Keeler's, Sisler's, and Rollins' streaks are listed as 44, 34, and 36 games when discussing single-season streaks, and 45, 35, and 38 games when discussing multiple-season streaks.

This list omits Denny Lyons of the 1887 American Association Philadelphia Athletics, who had a 52-game hitting streak.[5] In 1887, the major leagues adopted a new rule which counted walks as hits, a rule which was dropped after that season. Lyons hit in 52 consecutive games that season, but his streak included two games (#22 and #44) in which his only "hits" were walks. In 1968, MLB ruled that walks in 1887 would not be counted as hits, so Lyons' streak was no longer recognized, though it still appears on some lists. In 2000 Major League Baseball reversed its 1968 decision, ruling that the statistics which were recognized in each year's official records should stand, even in cases where they were later proven incorrect. Paradoxically, the ruling affects only hit totals for the year; the batting champion for the year is not recognized as the all-time leader despite having the highest single-season average under the ruling, and Lyons' hitting streak is not recognized.

Ty Cobb, Sam Rice, and George Sisler are the only players with multiple streaks of 30 games or longer.

There have been 129 single-season streaks of 25 games or more. The lowest batting average ever recorded during a hitting streak of 25 games or more was .304 by Bruce Campbell in 1938. The highest was .486 during Chuck Klein's streak in 1930. Joe DiMaggio hit .408 during his record-holding 56 game streak.[6] In probability theory, every baseball game is a Bernoulli trial in which a hitter either does or does not get a hit. DiMaggio's streak of 56 consecutive games with hits awaits an equal streak: "The probability is .0003 that a .350 hitter will have a hitting streak of at least 56 games in a season. If there are about 4 such seasons per year in the future, we would expect to see such a streak, assuming the Bernoulli trials model, every 1/(.0003 x 4) = 833 years."[7]

Major League Baseball records by franchise

Only currently extant franchises are included on this list. Where a player had a significant streak while the team was in other than its current city, the records in these other cities are displayed. As above, for a multi-year streak, the single-season streak is shown in parentheses.[8]

Team Player Games Year(s)
Arizona Diamondbacks Luis Gonzalez 30 1999
Atlanta Braves Tommy Holmes (Boston Braves) 37 1945
Dan Uggla (Atlanta Braves) 33 2011
Hank Aaron (Milwaukee Braves) 25 1956
Baltimore Orioles George Sisler (St. Louis Browns) 41 1922
Eric Davis (Baltimore Orioles) 30 1998
Boston Red Sox Dom DiMaggio 34 1949
Chicago Cubs Bill Dahlen (Chicago Colts) 42 1894
Chicago White Sox Carlos Lee 28 2004
Cincinnati Reds Pete Rose 44 1978
Cleveland Indians Napoleon Lajoie (Cleveland Naps) 31 1906
Sandy Alomar Jr. (Cleveland Indians) 30 1997
Colorado Rockies Nolan Arenado 28 2014
Detroit Tigers Ty Cobb 40 1911
Houston Astros Willy Taveras 30 2006
Kansas City Royals Whit Merrifield 31 2018-19
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Garret Anderson 28 1998
Los Angeles Dodgers Willie Davis (Los Angeles Dodgers) 31 1969
Zack Wheat (Brooklyn Dodgers) 29 1916
Miami Marlins Luis Castillo (Florida Marlins) 35 2002
Milwaukee Brewers Paul Molitor (Milwaukee Brewers) 39 1987
Tommy Davis (Seattle Pilots) 18 1969
Minnesota Twins Heinie Manush (Washington Senators) 33 1933
Ken Landreaux (Minnesota Twins) 31 1980
New York Mets Moisés Alou 30 2007
New York Yankees Joe DiMaggio 56 1941
Oakland Athletics Bill Lamar (Philadelphia Athletics) 29 1925
Jason Giambi (Oakland Athletics) 25 1997
Héctor López (Kansas City Athletics) 22 1957
Vic Power (Kansas City Athletics) 22 1958
Philadelphia Phillies Jimmy Rollins 38 (36) 2005–06
Pittsburgh Pirates Jimmy Williams 27 1899
San Diego Padres Benito Santiago 34 1987
San Francisco Giants George Davis (New York Giants) 33 1893
Jack Clark (San Francisco Giants) 26 1978
Seattle Mariners Ichiro Suzuki 27 2009
St. Louis Cardinals Rogers Hornsby 33 1922
Tampa Bay Rays Jason Bartlett 19 2009
Texas Rangers Gabe Kapler (Texas Rangers) 28 2000
Ken McMullen (Washington Senators) 19 1967
Toronto Blue Jays Shawn Green 28 1999
Washington Nationals Vladimir Guerrero (Montréal Expos) 31 1999
Ryan Zimmerman (Washington Nationals) 30 2009

Minor League Baseball records

The longest streaks in the history of Minor League Baseball and other professional baseball leagues:[9]

Rank Player League Games Year(s)
1 Joe Wilhoit Western League 69 1919
2 Joe DiMaggio Pacific Coast League 61 1933
3 Román Mejías Big State League 55 1954
4 Otto Pahlman Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League 50 1922
Francisco Mejia Carolina League 50 2016
6 Jack Ness Pacific Coast League 49 1915
Harry Chozen Southern League 49 1945
8 Johnny Bates Southern League 46 1925
9 James McOwen California League 45 2009
10 Brandon Watson International League 43 2007
Doc Marshall American Association 43 1935
Orlando Moreno Longhorn League 43 1947
Howie Bedell American Association 43 1961
14 Herbert Chapman Southeastern League 42 1950
Jack Lelivelt International League 42 1912
16 Jim Ogelsby Pacific Coast League 41 1933
Randy César Texas League 41 2018
18 Jason James Frontier League 40 2009
Frosty Kennedy West Texas–New Mexico League 40 1953
20 Jose Siri Midwest League 39 2017
21 Mitch Hilligoss South Atlantic League 38 2007
Hubert Mason Eastern League 38 1925
Paul Owens PONY League 38 1951
24 Maikel Jova North American League 37 2012
Johnny Rizzo American Association 37 1937
Joey Cora Pacific Coast League 37 1989
Bobby Treviño Texas League 37 1969
Harold Garcia Florida State League 37 2010
29 Bill Sweeney International League 36 1935
Joe Altobelli Florida State League 36 1951
31 Brent Gates California League 35 1992
Scott Seabol South Atlantic League 35 1999
Kevin Holt Frontier League 35 1996–97
Ildemaro Vargas Pacific Coast League 35 2018
35 Greg Tubbs Southern League 33 1987
Mat Gamel Florida State League 33 2007
37 Chris Valaika Pioneer League 32 2006
Robert Fick Midwest League 32 1997
Lance Downing Arizona League 32 1997
Jim Reboulet Eastern League 32 1986
41 Kevin Hooper Pacific Coast League 31 2002
Casey Blake Florida State League 31 1998
Jeremy Carr Texas League 31 1997
Pedro Guerrero Pacific Coast League 31 1979
45 Desi Wilson Golden Baseball League 30 2005
Mike Galloway Frontier League 30 2005
Ricardo Nanita Pioneer League 30 2003
Michael Robertson Frontier League 30 2001
Doug Brady American Association 30 1995
Jose Tolentino Pacific Coast League 30 1990

DiMaggio set the Minor League record as a member of the San Francisco Seals. Unrecognized by Minor League Baseball is the 69 game hitting streak by Joe Wilhoit in 1919. Wilhoit was in the independent Western League at the time and his record is considered the all-time Professional Baseball record.[10]

College Baseball records

Player Team Classification Games Year(s)
Damian Costantino Salve Regina NCAA Division III 60 2001–03
Robin Ventura Oklahoma State NCAA Division I 58 1987
Kevin Pillar[11] Cal State Dominguez Hills NCAA Division II 54 2010
Tommy Stewart Southern Arkansas NAIA 54 1995

College Softball records

Player Team Classification Games Year(s)
Sara Graziano Coastal Carolina NCAA Division I 43 1993–94
Kerstein McVicker Hampton NCAA Division II 35 1991
Robin Martz Lewis NCAA Division II 35 2004
Heather Bortz Moravian NCAA Division III 44 2003–04
Chelsea Bailey[12] Trevecca Nazarene NAIA 30 2009

See also


  1. ^ "Official Rules: 10.00 The Official Scorer". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  2. ^ "Joe DiMaggio Hitting Streak by Baseball Almanac". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Consecutive Games Hitting Streaks: 30+ Game Hitting Streaks in Baseball". www.baseball-almanac.com.
  4. ^ "Phillies' Rollins extends streak to 36 games". ESPN.com. 2 October 2005.
  5. ^ "Hitting Streaks, 30 Games or More". Archived from the original on April 9, 2006. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  6. ^ Neyer, Rob (6 August 2011). "For the Braves' Uggla, Luck Is Not a Statistic" – via NYTimes.com.
  7. ^ C.M. Grinstead, W.P. Peterson & J. Laurie Snell (2011) Probability Tales, page 37, American Mathematical Society ISBN 978-0-8218-5261-3
  8. ^ http://baseballevolution.com/richard/hitting_streaks.xls Richard Van Zandt, BaseballEvolution.com, http://baseballevolution.com/richard/hitstreaks.html . The article and research are dated June 2009; retrieved March 8, 2012.
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  10. ^ Bob Rives (January 2000). "Joe Wilhoit and Ken Guettler: Minor league hitting record-setters" (PDF). The Baseball Research Journal. pp. 121–125.
  11. ^ "Kevin Pillar Makes NCAA Division II History With 50 Game Hit Streak as Toros Sweep Doubleheader - Cal State Dominguez Hills". gotoros.com.
  12. ^ http://nph.com/nphweb/html/ncn/article.jsp?id=10007019

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1941 Major League Baseball season

The 1941 Major League Baseball season included the New York Yankees defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series, Ted Williams batting .406, and Joe DiMaggio having a 56-game hitting streak; it has been called the "best baseball season ever".

1941 New York Yankees season

The 1941 New York Yankees season was the 39th season for the team in New York, and its 41st season overall. The team finished with a record of 101–53, winning their 12th pennant, finishing 17 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Joe McCarthy. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in 5 games.

Books and songs have been written about the 1941 season, the last before the United States became drawn into World War II. Yankees' center fielder Joe DiMaggio captured the nation's fancy with his lengthy hitting streak that extended through 56 games before finally being stopped. A big-band style song called Joltin' Joe DiMaggio was a hit for the Les Brown orchestra.

1978 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1978 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The Reds finished in second place in the National League West with a record of 92-69, 2½ games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Reds were managed by Sparky Anderson and played their home games at Riverfront Stadium. Following the season, Anderson was replaced as manager by John McNamara, and Pete Rose left to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies for the 1979 season.

David Freese

David Richard Freese (born April 28, 1983) is an American professional baseball corner infielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He began his MLB career with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he was a key player during the 2011 postseason, batting .545 with 12 hits in the 2011 National League Championship Series (NLCS). He also set an MLB postseason record of 21 runs batted in (RBIs), earning the NLCS MVP Award and World Series MVP Award. In addition, Freese won the Babe Ruth Award, naming him the MVP of the 2011 MLB postseason. He also played for the Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates.

A star high school player, Freese declined a college baseball scholarship from the University of Missouri. Needing a break from baseball, he sat out his freshman year of college before feeling a renewed urge to play the game. He transferred to St. Louis Community College–Meramec, a junior college, where he played for one season before transferring to the University of South Alabama. The San Diego Padres selected Freese in the ninth round of the 2006 MLB draft.

The Cardinals acquired Freese before the 2008 season. He made his MLB debut on Opening Day 2009 due to an injury to starting third baseman Troy Glaus. Despite suffering his own injuries in the minor leagues and in his first two MLB seasons, Freese batted .297 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs during the Cardinals' 2011 World Series championship over the Texas Rangers. The next season, he batted .293 with 20 home runs and was selected to his first MLB All-Star Game. Freese authored a 20-game hitting streak in 2013, but back injuries limited his effectiveness, and the Cardinals traded him to the Angels following the season. He played for the Angels for two seasons before signing with the Pirates in March 2016.

Eddie Smith (baseball)

Edgar Smith (December 14, 1913 – January 2, 1994) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1936–1939), Chicago White Sox (1939–1943, 1946–1947) and Boston Red Sox (1947). Smith was a switch-hitter and threw left-handed. He was born in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.

In a 10-season career, Smith posted a 73–113 record with 694 strikeouts and a 3.82 ERA in 1,595​2⁄3 innings pitched.

Joe DiMaggio started his 56-game hitting streak on May 15, 1941 by getting one hit in four at bats against Smith. Later that year, Smith was selected to represent the White Sox on the American League's All-Star team. He entered 1941 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 8 at Briggs Stadium as a relief pitcher in the eighth inning and allowed a two-run home run to left-handed-hitting shortstop Arky Vaughan, putting the AL at a 5–3 disadvantage. But he set down the National League squad in order in the ninth, and came away with the victory when Ted Williams hit a three-run, walk-off home run in the ninth, capping the Junior Circuit's rally.Smith died in Willingboro Township, New Jersey, at the age of 80.

Francisco Mejía

Francisco José Mejía (born October 27, 1995) is a Dominican professional baseball catcher and outfielder for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians in 2017.

Garrett Wittels

Garrett Nicholas Wittels (born May 11, 1990) is an American professional baseball infielder who played for the St. Louis Cardinals organization, and is a free agent.Wittels played college baseball for the Florida International University Golden Panthers in Miami, Florida. He finished the 2010 season with a 56-game hitting streak, two hits shy of the Division I record. He also set the FIU season record for hits. He was nominated for the Best Male College Athlete ESPY Award for his 2010 performance, won Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year honors, and was named a NCBWA and Louisville Slugger/TPX Preseason All-American prior to the 2011 season.

He played minor league baseball in 2011 and 2012, with the AAA Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League being the highest-level team he played for.

Gene DeMontreville

Eugene Napoleon DeMontreville (March 10, 1873 – February 18, 1935) was an American professional baseball second baseman and shortstop. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates,

Washington Senators, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Orphans, Brooklyn Superbas, Boston Beaneaters, Washington Senators, and St. Louis Browns between 1894 and 1904.DeMontreville had a 36-game hitting streak from 1896 to 1897. The streak was over the last 17 games of 1896 and the first 19 games of 1897. This streak was not discovered until 2007; it ranks as the tenth-longest hitting streak in Major League Baseball history.

A heavy drinker, DeMontreville was prone to fighting and missing curfews. He did not remain on any major league team for more than three seasons.

DeMontreville's younger brother Lee DeMontreville was also a Major League Baseball player, spending one season with the St. Louis Cardinals.

After leaving baseball, DeMontreville worked for the Mid-South Fair in Memphis, where he was the concessions manager. On February 18, 1935, a fire broke out in one of the concession stands. DeMontreville collapsed and died as he ran to investigate the fire.

Glenn Williams

Glenn David Williams (born 18 July 1977 in Gosford, New South Wales) is a retired third baseman from Australia, who played in the Minnesota Twins organization. He played in Major League Baseball for the Twins during the 2005 season. He was a member of the team that won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Williams currently has a 13-game hitting streak, as he has a hit in every game that he has played in while in the major leagues.

Glenn is the elder of two children. His father Gary Williams has been heavily involved in the development of baseball in Australia. Both Gary and Glenn Williams have represented their native Australia in international baseball competitions.

In 1993, as a 16-year-old, Glenn signed a lucrative free agent contract with the Atlanta Braves for an estimated 1.3 million Australian dollars. Since that time, Glenn has played baseball for the minor league affiliates of the Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, and Minnesota Twins.

After spending over 10 years in the minor leagues, Glenn made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins during the 2005 season. In 2007, Glenn played for the Minnesota Twins Triple-A affiliate team, the Rochester Red Wings.

On 19 August 2010 Glenn was announced as manager for the Australian Baseball League foundation club Sydney Blue Sox in their inaugural 2010–11 season.

Jack Lelivelt

John Frank Lelivelt (November 14, 1885 in Chicago – January 20, 1941 in Seattle, Washington) was an American outfielder who played for the Washington Senators, New York Highlanders, New York Yankees and Cleveland Naps. While playing for the Rochester Hustlers, he set the International League record for the longest hitting streak with a 42-game hitting streak in 1912. The record was broken by Brandon Watson in 2007.

Jim Bagby Jr.

James Charles Jacob Bagby Jr. (September 8, 1916 – September 2, 1988) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, and Pittsburgh Pirates. He batted and threw right-handed. His father, Jim Sr., was also a major league pitcher who played with Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh between 1912 and 1923.A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Bagby played with the Red Sox (twice), Indians and Pirates in a span of ten years. He posted a 97–96 record with 431 strikeouts and a 3.96 ERA in 1666​1⁄3 innings pitched, including 84 complete games and 13 shutouts. He was the Indians pitcher in the July 17, 1941 game which ended Joe DiMaggio's famous 56-game hitting streak.Bagby reached his career high of 17 wins in each of his All-Star seasons, in 1942 and 1943, and led the American League in starts both years with 35 and 33, respectively. After that, he served much of 1944 in the US Merchant Marine and never won more than eight games in a regular season.

Following his baseball career, Bagby became a professional golf player. In 1992, he was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Bagby died in Marietta, Georgia, six days before his 72nd birthday. Bagby maintained a lifelong dislike of sports writers, as he was born with a cleft palate and was often made fun of by them for his appearance.

Joe DiMaggio

Joseph Paul DiMaggio (November 25, 1914 – March 8, 1999), nicknamed "Joltin' Joe" and "The Yankee Clipper", was an American baseball center fielder who played his entire 13-year career in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. Born to Italian immigrants in California, he is widely considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak (May 15 – July 16, 1941), a record that still stands.DiMaggio was a three-time Most Valuable Player Award winner and an All-Star in each of his 13 seasons. During his tenure with the Yankees, the club won ten American League pennants and nine World Series championships. His career nine World Series rings is second only to fellow Yankee Yogi Berra, who won ten.

At the time of his retirement after the 1951 season, he ranked fifth in career home runs (361) and sixth in career slugging percentage (.579). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955 and was voted the sport's greatest living player in a poll taken during the baseball centennial year of 1969. His brothers Vince (1912–1986) and Dom (1917–2009) also were major league center fielders. DiMaggio is widely known for his marriage and lifelong devotion to Marilyn Monroe.

Johnny Rucker

John Joel Rucker (January 15, 1917 – August 7, 1985) was an American professional baseball player, an outfielder who appeared in 705 Major League Baseball games played, 607 as a center fielder, over six seasons (1940–1941; 1943–1946) for the New York Giants. The native of Crabapple, Georgia — a nephew of former Major League pitcher Nap Rucker — batted left-handed, threw right-handed, stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg). He attended the University of Georgia.

Until broken by Pablo Sandoval in 2012, Rucker's 17-game hitting streak to start the 1945 campaign was the Giants' franchise record for a hitting streak to begin a season. The skein lasted from April 17 through May 9, and Rucker batted .333 with 28 hits in 84 at bats, with six doubles and two home runs. It was halted on May 11, 1945, by Frank Dasso of the Cincinnati Reds. During his MLB career, Rucker amassed 711 hits, including 105 doubles and 39 triples.

Rucker's professional career extended from 1938–1952, although he sat out the 1951 season.

Rucker is featured on the cover of the April 1, 1940 issue of Life magazine.

Ken Keltner

Kenneth Frederick Keltner (October 31, 1916 – December 12, 1991) was an American professional baseball player. He played almost his entire Major League Baseball career as a third baseman with the Cleveland Indians, until his final season when he played 13 games for the Boston Red Sox. He batted and threw right-handed. A seven-time All-Star, Keltner is notable for being one of the best fielding third basemen in the 1940s and for helping to end Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak on July 17, 1941.

List of Chicago Cubs team records

The following lists statistical records and all-time leaders as well as awards and major accomplishments for the Chicago Cubs professional baseball club of Major League Baseball. The records list the top 5 players in each category since the inception of the Cubs.

Players that are still active with the Cubs are denoted in bold.

Records updated as of August 5, 2011.

List of Major League Baseball single-season records

This is a list of single-season records in Major League Baseball.

List of New York Yankees team records

The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the Bronx, New York. They compete in the East Division of Major League Baseball's (MLB) American League (AL). The club began play in 1903 as the Highlanders, after owners Frank Farrell and William S. Devery had bought the defunct Baltimore Orioles and moved the team to New York City; in 1913, the team changed its nickname to the Yankees. From 1903 to 2018, the franchise has won more than 10,000 games and 27 World Series championships. The list below documents players and teams that hold particular club records.

Outfielder Babe Ruth holds the most franchise records, with 16, including career home runs, and career and single-season batting average and on-base percentage. Shortstop Derek Jeter has the second-most records among hitters, with eight. Jeter's marks include the records for career hits, singles, doubles, and stolen bases. Among pitchers, Whitey Ford has the most Yankees records with five, all of which are career totals. These include games won, games started, and innings pitched.

Several Yankees hold AL and MLB records. Ruth has MLB single-season records for extra-base hits and total bases, and holds four other AL single-season records. Outfielder Joe DiMaggio had a 56-game hitting streak in the 1941 season, which remains an MLB record. Jack Chesbro holds three AL records that he set in 1904: games won, games started, and complete games.

Nat Rogers

William Nathaniel Rogers (born June 7, 1893 in Spartanburg, South Carolina - unknown) was a baseball player in the Negro Leagues. He would play outfielder, catcher, and infielder and played from 1923 to 1946. In 1927 Rogers had a 31-game hitting streak for the Chicago American Giants.

Willie Davis (baseball)

William Henry Davis (April 15, 1940 – March 9, 2010) was a center fielder in Major League Baseball who played most of his career for the Los Angeles Dodgers. At the end of his career he ranked seventh in major league history in putouts (5449) and total chances (5719) in the outfield, and third in games in center field (2237). He was ninth in National League history in total outfield games (2274), and won Gold Glove Awards from 1971 to 1973. He had 13 seasons of 20 or more stolen bases, led the NL in triples twice, and retired with the fourth most triples (138) by any major leaguer since 1945. He holds Los Angeles club records (1958–present) for career hits (2091), runs (1004), triples (110), at bats (7495), total bases (3094) and extra base hits (585). His 31-game hitting streak in 1969 remains the longest by a Dodger. When he tied Zack Wheat's previous record at 29 games, the message board at Dodger Stadium flashed a message sent via telegram by Wheat from his home in Missouri, saying, "Congratulations. Keep going. You have done a good job. Good luck."

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